Dauphine to run track at Clarke

Alaysha Dauphine of New Iberia, seated at center, signed a national letter of intent recently to join the track team at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. With Dauphine are her mother, Lateisha Smith, and grandmother Merian Smith, along with NISH girls’ track coach Paul Phillips.

New Iberia Senior High School senior Alaysha Dauphine was looking to use her running skills to go to the next level.

Last week, she finally achieved her dream when she signed with Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa.

“I’m nervous but I’m ready to go right now,” said Dauphine, who runs the sprints for the Lady Jackets and is expected to continue that in college.

Dauphine was looking around for a place and was considering in state schools when Clarke came calling.

“I was looking around for place and with my major of physical therapy. Clarke is a pretty good school in that area and they were interested in me,” said Dauphine, who will run the relays for the Lady Jackets at the regional meet today in an effort to move on to the state meet next weekend at LSU.

NISH girls’ track coach Paul Phillips was happy to see his pupil move on to the next level.

“Peanut (Dauphine’s nickname) is a great athlete and is deserving of the chance to go on to college and continue her track career,” the NISH coach said. “She’s really been a complement to the other girls on the track team and she pushes the other track members to go on to do great things.

“She works super hard day in and day out and does her best every time out.”

Phillips said that a couple of schools had been looking at Dauphine but Clarke was the one that took the initiative to get her out there for a visit.

“She went there, she liked the place and decided to go there,” said Phillips.

Phillips said Dauphine usually runs the opening leg of the relays in order to give the Lady Jackets the lead and does a good job of it.

“She can also excel at individual events and does well at that also,” the New Iberia coach said.

Dauphine would like nothing more than to finish her prep career on the podium at the state meet.

“That would be a dream come true for me,” she said.

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